Journal oddity: metadata with no file?

Gary C Martin gary at
Mon Mar 30 11:19:25 EDT 2009

Hi Martin,

On 30 Mar 2009, at 15:54, Martin Langhoff wrote:

> Working a bit on the restore angle of things, if I look at the
> metadata entries to build a restorable Journal Entry Bundle... well...
> in many cases there is no file to build it from.

I know previous releases of Sugar had a design flaw that lost any non- 
standard metadata after a reboot (Read resuming back to the page you  
were reading was a common issue). Pretty sure Tomeu fixed this with  
his re-build of the datastore (sorry should really go check/test). If  
so, arbitrary metadata is a **great** way for storing small items of  
data rather than building a new file format.

I just think of all the time I (and others) wasted with json/ 
simplejson/cjson for Moon :-( when all I'm keeping is a couple of  
preference flags for the view state (I'd first implemented in  
metadata, until I realised the original design flaw).

Journal entries made of just metadata is a great feature for Activity  
developers, not a flaw.


> Is that normal. Expected? I am tempted to skip those 'Journal entries'
> as they have no apparent value. Do people generally agree, or am I
> being bling to some obvious useful part to them?
> Offtopic: Some of the complaints about 'noise' and clutter in the
> Journal are probably about these content-less entries. Yes, the user
> has opened Browse.xo 3 times today, but that's hardly a document
> worthy of backing up, or even storing.
> cheers,
> martin
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